Frequently Asked Questions


Who is considered a professional?

We consider professional those who earn or have earned the majority of their income from design.

Are only communication design, advertising and digital media students eligible for the student discount?

All students are eligible for the student discount, regardless of the concentration or major in which they are studying.


What are the main requirements for submitting an entry?

The main things we will need you to provide are: 1) An image or images of your project; 2) A brief description of the project; 3) Names of those who should be credited for the project (i.e. company, designer, creative, etc.)

What are the steps for submitting an entry?

1) Sign up for a free membership profile; 2) Once you’re a member, log in with your username and password, and you will be directed to the submissions page; 3) fill in the required information and upload your submission; 4) proceed to payment.

Do I need to pay the submissions fee before I can submit my work?

No, you can submit your work before paying the fee. However, the submission will not be eligible for consideration by the jury until the payment of the submission fee has been finalized.

How will I know if my submission is complete, and what do I do if it’s not?

If at the time of the competition’s close, a submission is incomplete (e.g. the submission has not been paid, or the images have not been uploaded correctly) it will not be eligible for juried consideration. Though we make every effort to initiate contact and to ensure completion of submissions, we are not responsible for incomplete entries and are unable to offer a refund should an entry be incomplete at the time of the competition’s close. However, you may check on your entry status by sending us an email at: [email protected]

My image(s) didn’t upload correctly. What do I do?

This is probably occurring because the file is either not in RGB, 72 PPI, or a JPG file. It may also be due to characters that are not letters in the titles of your files. Please try to upload once again after following these directions. You may also try to refresh your main submission page after you upload the images.

My images on the preview page look blurry, what can I do?

On the “preview entry” page, photos do not show at their full resolution, that is why they look a bit blurry. However, when the jury make their selection, they receive the full resolution images. If you are a winner, these are also the images used on our website and for promotion.

What size should the digital files be?

Digital submissions must be saved as jpg,  and  minimum 1000 pixels in either height or width. Please remember also to keep your files in RGB format, no greater than 4MB per image.

Can I enter one project into multiple categories?

Yes, you may enter the same project into as many categories as you see fit. In fact, doing so may increase your chances of winning. There is an additional fee for each category.

Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?

No, you may submit as many entries, in as many categories, as you see fit.

Is there a time limit within which the project should have been created?

Yes. All projects should be no older than 5 years old.

Can I leave my name/name of my company on my submitted documents?

C2A competition is not anonymous. Feel free to leave your company logo or name on your uploaded documents.

Can I submit a project that has won an award or has been entered in previous competitions?

Yes, you may submit work that has been previously submitted or that has won an award. However, in an effort to promote the creation of new work and maintain fresh flow of ideas, we encourage you to submit new work.

Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?

No, after payment has been made, entries cannot be altered. Please review your work carefully before finalizing payment.

How do I know if you received my entry?

You should receive a confirmation email shortly after you submit and pay for your work. If you do not receive an email, please let us know by emailing [email protected] In addition, if you are using spam-blocking software, please add “” to your list of recipients.


What are the deadlines and discount for the 2021 edition?

Early Bird deadline: April 15, 2021 (20% discount)
Extended Early Bird deadline: May 31, 2021 (10% discount)
Regular deadline: August 15, 2021
Final deadline: October 30, 2021

Winners will be announced 4 to 6 weeks after submissions close.


Who are the Judges?

Our jury panel is comprised of an international pool of creative industry professionals from art and creative directors, curators, publishers and other influential luminaries.

For a complete list of the jury, please click here.

What are the criteria for judging?

You can have a look at the judging criteria on the “About the award” page.

How does the scoring system work?

Our goal is to make the jurying as objective and fair as possible, to award projects by minimizing individual subjectivity and respect our expert jurors’ opinions.

Our esteemed panels of judges will score your work on a scale from 1 to 100. Once the jury has finished voting, the scores will be tallied to determine the C2A winners.

Nothing prevents the jurors from awarding multiple projects in a single category, so everyone has an equal chance of winning, no matter the level of competition in one given category.


How can I pay for the entries that I submit?

There are a number of ways to pay for your submissions online: you may pay for your entry after you submit your photographs through PayPal and credit card.

**Once a submission fee has been paid, there are no refunds provided. If you have been wrongly charged for any reason, we will be happy to credit the amount that is due.

What are the entry fees?

  • For Professionals:
    $300* per entry,
    $200 per additional category, if same entry is submitted to multiple categories.

If you are a creative working for a nonprofit organization, please contact [email protected] in order to receive reduced fees.

  • For Emerging & Students:
    $80* per entry,
    $50 per additional category, if same entry is submitted to multiple categories.


How will my images be used?

You will be contacted each time we identify an image for usage – and briefed on what the usage will be. Your images are NEVER used for any purpose other than the promotion of the C2Awards.

Where will my image(s) be used/shown?

One of the great things about the Creative Communication Award is it’s global reach. Through this platform, your image will be viewed with your credit all around the world. All participating designers so far have been extremely happy with the manner in which their images have been used and promoted globally.

Will I be compensated for the use of my images?

There is no monetary remuneration for the use of your images, however in the case that it is being used for something other than the promotion of the competition, you will be contacted and given the option to decline the use of your work.


How do I know if I’ve won an award?

We will notify award winners by email and publish the list on our website.

What did I win?

First of all, congratulations!

C2A winners will enjoy extensive publicity throughout the following year in addition to the following benefits:

  • Work showcased on the main page of the website, and in the online gallery exhibition.
  • Press release and newsletter announcements to over 90,000 creative thought leaders, potential clients.
  • Online C2A certificate of achievement.
  • C2A Winner’s logo to be used online and on printed materials.